Political Quake

With the threat of the Madhesh-based parties to boycott the elections held without passing the constitution amendment bill and CPN-UML's decision to oppose the bill, nobody is sure what will be coming next in Nepal's politics. As the central politics is mired in internal fighting and the government is shaky, there is no one to listen to the voices of the earthquake victims

Issue Name : Vol.10. No 18,May 05,(Baisakh 22, 2074)

After tabling the impeachment motion against chief justice Sushila Karki, two major parties, Nepali Congress and Maoist Centre, have created a big jolt in the political landscape, with sure signs that several aftershocks are waiting to hit back. At a time when the country is heading towards the first round of local elections on May 14, the political situation has entered into a complex phase. With the threat of the Madhesh-based parties to boycott the elections held without passing the constitution amendment bill and CPN-UML's decision to oppose the bill, nobody is sure what will be coming next in Nepal's politics. As the central politics is mired in internal fighting and the government is shaky, there is no one to listen to the voices of the earthquake victims. Although two years have already passed since the major earthquakes destroyed many houses, the pace of reconstruction has been going on at a snail's pace at best. Nepal’s development partners, which have made big commitments to provide necessary support, are frustrated by the slow pace of work. As an overwhelming majority of people are living in temporary shelters and heritage sites are yet to be rebuilt, Nepal’s development partners are complaining that the government is unable to use the resources available for reconstruction. Due to several restrictions imposed by National Reconstruction Authority, INGOs and NGOs, which can easily reach to the poor and marginalized communities, have been unable to do so, and this is affecting reconstruction. Although there are so many hurdles and difficulties, NGOs like Karuna Foundation and INGOs like Practical Action, OXFAM and World Vision International have some successful stories to share. With so many activities, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has achieved success in the reconstruction of school buildings and government offices. In the midst of so much confusion and delay, new Chief Executive Officer Professor and Doctor Govinda Raj Pokharel has already initiated a move to increase the pace of reconstruction. We have decided to cover these issues of the two years since the earthquakes as our cover story. Along with this, we have also covered other important contemporary issues. 

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